UCLA lands first commit for class of 2018

Three-star safety Jhevon Hill became UCLA’s first commit for the class of 2018 on Wednesday, announcing his pledge to join the Bruins on Twitter.

The 6-foot-3, 185-pound safety from Cajon High also had offers from Cal, Utah and Washington State. He is a three-sport athlete, playing basketball and participating in track and field, where he competes in the triple and high jumps.

Cajon advanced to the CIF Southern Section Division 4 quarterfinals last year, losing to Redondo.

Hill’s junior highlights:

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Fabian Moreau runs 4.35-second 40 at NFL Combine

UCLA defensive back Fabian Moreau runs the 40-yard dash at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Monday, March 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

In a very deep defensive back class, former UCLA cornerback Fabian Moreau stood out at the NFL Combine on Monday with impressive test results.

The 6-foot, 206-pound cornerback ran a blazing 4.35-second 40-yard dash that ranked second among all defensive backs and fourth for all players. NFL Network’s Mike Mayock took notice of the performance, saying “the worst case scenario” for Moreau was a second-round pick.

Moreau showed his explosiveness with an 11-foot, 4-inch broad jump that ranked second among defensive backs and tied for second for all players. His 38-inch vertical was tied for seventh at his position.

NFL.com named Moreau one of the Combine’s Day 4 winners.

Moreau’s full results:

  • 40-yard dash: 4.35 seconds
  • Vertical jump: 38 inches
  • Broad jump: 136 inches (11 feet, 4 inches)
  • 3-cone drill: 6.94 seconds
  • 20-yard shuttle: 4.12 seconds
  • 60-yard shuttle: 11.45 seconds
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McKinley, Vanderdoes, Brown workout at NFL Combine

Although defensive end Takkarist McKinley came up short of his promised 4.4-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine, the former Bruin still was one of the star sprinters for his position on Sunday.

McKinley officially clocked in at 4.59 seconds for his 40, which placed him third among defensive linemen during Sunday’s on-field workouts in Indianapolis.

He participated in workouts despite an injured shoulder, which will require shoulder Monday. He told reporters Saturday that he played through the injury for two years at UCLA. Even with the injury, he got 24 bench press reps.

Despite testing well, McKinley faltered on some drills, making mistakes while at times guessing which direction to go.

Watch: McKinley’s combine workout

Defensive lineman Eddie Vanderdoes and linebacker Jayon Brown also participated in on-field workouts Sunday. Here are the full results from each former Bruins’ tests: Continue reading “McKinley, Vanderdoes, Brown workout at NFL Combine” »

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UCLA football announces spring football schedule

Quarterback Devon Modster passes the ball at a UCLA football practice in Los Angeles CA. Tuesday, August 9, 2016. (Thomas R. Cordova/Southern California News Group)

UCLA released its spring football schedule Saturday, with the Bruins kicking off practice on April 4 and wrapping up on April 29 with the Spring Showcase at Drake Stadium.

All 15 practices will be open to the public. Parking is available on campus, maxing out at $12 a day.

Quarterback Josh Rosen is expected to be healthy for spring camp, head coach Jim Mora told the LA Times, after the sophomore underwent shoulder surgery last November. UCLA’s three new offensive coaches will start implementing the team’s third offensive system in as many years, led by coordinator Jedd Fisch.

Here’s the spring schedule:

Tuesday, April 4, 7 a.m.
Thursday, April 6, 7 a.m.
Saturday, April 8, 9 a.m.
Monday, April 10, 4 p.m.
Wednesday, April 12, 7 a.m.
Thursday, April 13, 4 p.m.
Saturday, April 15, 9 a.m.
Monday, April 17, 4 p.m.
Wednesday, April 19, 7 a.m.
Thursday, April 20, 4 p.m.
Saturday, April 22, 9 a.m.
Monday, April 24, 4 p.m.
Wednesday, April 26, 7 p.m.
Thursday, April 27, 4 p.m.
Saturday, April 29, 1 p.m. (Spring Showcase)

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Conor McDermott at NFL Combine

Former UCLA offensive lineman Conor McDermott participated in his on-field workout at the NFL Combine on Friday, finishing among the top five performers at his position in the 3-cone drill and 20-yard shuttle.

The 6-foot-8, 307-pound McDermott ranked third among offensive linemen in the 3-cone drill with a time of 7.52 and fourth in the 20-yard shuttle with 4.48 seconds.

His 5.18-second 40-yard dash ranked 13th at his position while his 28.5-inch vertical jump ranked eighth.

McDermott also had an 8-foot, 9-inch broad jump, which did not crack the top 15.

Jayon Brown, Eddie Vanderdoes and Takkarist McKinley will have their on-field workouts on Saturday, while Fabian Moreau is scheduled to workout with the other defensive backs on Sunday. You can watch the workouts live on NFL Network.

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